High-dose steroids raise admission risk in COPD, diabetes patients

06/10/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and newly diagnosed diabetes who took higher doses of corticosteroids were 94% more likely to be hospitalized for diabetes-related complications compared with nonusers, according to an Australian study in Diabetes Care. Doses should be carefully managed in this population to balance the risks and benefits, researchers said.

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